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Cooking your food to the correct temperature is extremely important for food safety. When meat is undercooked, you and your family are at susceptible to bacteria that live in the raw food. You also do not want to overdo it, as meat that has been cooked too long becomes tough and loses flavor. A Thermopro Food Thermometer will allow you to ensure that your food is always cooked to just the right temperature. But how do you read ThermoPro meat thermometer properly to get a perfect meal every time? Here are 4 tips to help you get fast and accurate temperature readings with your meat thermometer every time.
Tip 1: Calibrate Your Thermopro Food Thermometer Before Use
Though many assume that their digital devices are always reading accurately, this is not always the case. Like any other digital tool, your thermometer may become faulty at some point due because the electronic components begin to fail. It can be problematic to learn that your meat thermometer reading is inaccurate while you are cooking, and even worse to present raw or overcooked food to your family or guests. Therefore, there are two quick tests that you can perform to ensure that your Thermopro Food Thermometer is still in good working order before you begin cooking.
The first is to use your thermometer to measure the temperature of a fresh cup of ice water. In a clear glass, place a handful of ice cubes and then add pre-cooled water to the top of the cubes, using a spoon to stir for 15 seconds. You should then insert your thermometer into the center of the glass and stir constantly for 15 seconds. It is important to keep 2 inches of the stem submerged and the thermometer in motion in order to read with much greater precision. If the temperature reads 32 degrees Fahrenheit after 15 seconds, your Thermopro Food Thermometer is well calibrated and ready to use.
The other way to calibrate the thermometer is with a wide pot of boiling water. Place a pan filled with 4 inches of water onto the stove and heat to boiling. Similarly to using the ice water, submerge the stem of the thermometer 2 inches and stir the water slowly for 10 seconds. You will need to calculate the boiling point for your location to determine the accuracy of your Thermopro Food Thermometer using this method. If your reading and the local boiling temperature match, your thermometer is ready for use!
Tip 2: Place your ThermoPro Thermometer in the Right Part of the Food
Once you’ve determined that your thermometer is working correctly, it is important to ensure that your method for gauging the temperature is accurate as well. Your thermometer will read with much greater precision if you place it in the center of the thickest part of the food, carefully steering clear of bone and fat. This section of the food will have the lowest temperature and gives you a true indication of how well-cooked the entire piece of meat or food item is.
The best way to find the thickest part of the food is to insert the ThermoPro Food Thermometer into the food in the section that appears deepest. Slowly push it further into the food, watching the temperature on the display. The temperature should get cooler as you get closer to the center since the heat takes longest to reach that part. Once the temperature begins to creep up again, you’ve gone just past the center and can pull back.
Tip3: Verify Your Readings in Multiple Places
While you do want to use the thickest part of the cut for your meat thermometer reading,, it is important to check the temperature in several parts of the food before you determine if you have reached the ideal temperature. The lowest reading that you find in several probes becomes the number that you go by. Be sure to check each piece of meat or food individually, as you do not want to assume that all pieces are fully cooked just because one is. Also, keep in mind that when preparing meats, the food will keep cooking for several minutes once it has been removed for the heat. As a result, you may want to pull the meat off when it is a few degrees less than the desired internal temperature.
Tip 4: Check the Meat Temperature Early and Often
The best way to avoid over or undercooking your meat is to take frequent readings, starting well before the meat reaches its desired temperature. It is important not to take any temperature readings prior to the first flip of the meat. Until then, the meat will only be cooking from one side and the internal temperature will not be in the center.
After you have flipped it, the meat will begin cooking evenly and the internal temperature will be more reliable. You should continue to use the thermometer of the steak every few minutes to monitor the approach toward the target internal temperature. Since it can be very hot over the grill or in the oven, your Thermopro Food Thermometer will take fast and accurate temperature readings so that you do not burn or harm your skin in the process.
One of the secrets to a safe and delicious meat entree is ensuring that you cook it to just the right temperature. With a Thermopro Food Thermometer and these helpful tips, you will be a master at perfectly cooking steak, chicken or pork any time they are on your menu.